I'm Matt from England and I'm looking to build my own horizontal smoker after travelling round America and Canada for 4 months and falling in love with your smoking way of life!
I have a couple of questions for you experts... I've been reading lots of posts on the forum about different custom builds and I’m not sure if I should go for a rear firebox with 2 stacks (one at each end), or a side firebox with 1 stack at the opposite end? Are there any pros or cons? Will I loose too much heat and smoke with 2 stacks?
Also, I have seen stacks coming out of smokers at different heights and I’m confused as to why. Some stacks exit at the top of the smoker while some appear to be at the same height (or even lower) than the grilling racks? Is this to keep the heat and smoke inside longer?
For the main body of the smoker I have got 2 x 55gal drums which I have welded together and cut the inner ends out of. I plan to use a third as the firebox (big I know) but I’m hoping it will do?
Anyway, any advice you can give will be fantastic.